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Spring is poised to arrive here on the edge of the Cotswolds in England. With it comes the need to inject life and freshness to the home. I want to remove the warm and cosy textures from the lounge and inject some light and colour. One of the best ways to do this is by changing up the fabric accessories. Out go the woolly cushion covers and chunky throws and in come the lighter weight and lighter coloured cushions. This watercolour floral cushion is just what I am looking for in the lounge.
I want to surround myself with all the reminders that Spring and Easter bring of new life, fresh starts and lighter feelings. Everything brightens up.
With this in mind I’ve created a new cushion cover. I love the painterly watercolour look in fabrics. My aim was to bring some spring flowers in blue – which is an accent colour in the lounge, onto the very brown sofa. I made and painted this cushion cover with grape hyacinths. I’m not an artist so if I can paint this cushion anyone can. The thing with watercolour is that it is quite forgiving and the painted flowers are more abstract than accurate!
To make this watercolour floral cushion
I used a pillowcase that I cut and re-sewed into an envelope style cushion cover. I painted on the flat fabric before sewing.
I used ordinary watercolour paints but with water that is mixed with fabric medium. Place a plastic carrier under the fabric or on the inside if using a plain ready made cushion cover. Using a light bluey purple colour I painted little blobs of colour to create the flowers. I created the flowers at different heights, and used different strengths of colour for depth. Then I painted stems and grass in two tones of greens.
Let the paint dry and then heat set in the tumble drier on high.
You could paint any type of flower you like, find an image or photo of a flower you like and approximate it with paint onto fabric.
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Watercolour Cushions and more to buy.
1. Watercolour botanical print cushions. £33.90. Notonthehighstreet.
2. bluebellgray Tetbury Floral Bedding. £18-£115. John Lewis.
3. Watercolour Floral Cushion. £14. Next.
4. Portobello Watercolour Mug. £6. Marks and Spencer.
5. Pink Vintage Floral Scatter Cushion. £13.50. Amazon.
6. Watercolour Hare Cushion. £25. Marks and Spencer.
7. Mooreland Tea Towel. £18. Anthropologie
8. Bluebellgray fine china side plate. £12. John Lewis.
9. bluebellgray Catherine cushion. £85. John Lewis.
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